hc1® and Sonora Quest Laboratories Deliver Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing and Tracking Solution to Protect Arizona Long-Term-Care Staff and Residents

hc1® and Sonora Quest Laboratories Deliver Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing and Tracking Solution to Protect Arizona Long-Term-Care Staff and Residents

Thursday, June 18, 2020   |   Category: Press Releases

TEMPE, Ariz. (June 15, 2020) Sonora Quest Laboratories (SQL) and hc1 have announced the expansion of their long-standing strategic partnership with the launch of hc1 CV19 Command Center™ for Sonora Quest, a comprehensive solution that integrates with SQL’s world-class lab testing services to systematically coordinate testing and deliver health insights to combat the spread of COVID-19. SQL is supporting the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the State Health Laboratory by performing targeted COVID-19 PCR viral and serology antibody testing to protect residents and healthcare staff across Arizona’s 147 long-term care (LTC) facilities. The hc1 CV19 Command Center is serving a vital role by providing advanced analytics that support effective testing of those most in need. The solution will also generate insight on risk of infection based on the anticipated 25,000 tests SQL will be performing statewide, enabling healthcare and public health leaders to take immediate, proactive steps to contain future COVID-19 infections and save lives.

“Protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents is a top priority of the Arizona Department of Health Services, and we know that residents of long term care facilities are at a higher risk for serious complications and death from COVID-19,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “It is critical that we can test the residents of these facilities and the staff that care for them. With the help of Sonora Quest, Arizona has expanded the capacity to test more people and I appreciate their partnership.”

Sonora Quest and its community allies expect to utilize insight provided by the hc1 CV19 Command Center to implement and assess the impact of testing guidelines including the introduction of serological monoclonal antibody testing for healthcare professionals to determine whether they have been exposed and developed potential immunity to COVID-19. Eventually, the program could be expanded to include family members who are frequent visitors.

“Sonora Quest is uniquely positioned in the marketplace to be the only lab capable of conducting this testing given our current work with the long-term care facilities in the state, our testing capacity and our ability to successfully meet our objective of keeping our healthcare communities informed and well,” said David Dexter, Sonora Quest Laboratories President & CEO. “The hc1 CV19 Command Center will be instrumental to manage and respond to the testing we provide for this population.”

hc1 CV19 Command Center is an integral component of hc1 Workforce Advisor™, a return-to-work solution that enables organizations to effectively implement and monitor systematic lab testing and symptom checking guidelines consistent with national and local best practices. Using a secure, HIPAA compliant process, lab test results are organized and trends are displayed in easy to use dashboards sorted by employee and workplace location.

“Long-term-care and skilled nursing facility residents are extremely vulnerable to severe illness and mortality when they are infected and develop COVID-19,” said Brad Bostic hc1 CEO. “Due to our concern for the health and well-being of these communities, hc1 has partnered with Dave Dexter and his team at Sonora Quest Labs to help save lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with SQL and ADHS to serve this critical need for many of Arizona’s senior residents.”

For more information about hc1 Workforce Advisor and the CV19 Command Center, visit http://www.hc1.com/workforce-advisor.

About hc1
Founded to improve lives with high-value care, hc1 has emerged as the leader in bioinformatics for precision testing and prescribing. The cloud-based hc1 High-Value Care Platform® organizes volumes of live data, including lab results, genomics, and medications, to deliver solutions that ensure that the right patient gets the right test and the right prescription. Today, the hc1 Platform powers solutions that optimize diagnostic testing and prescribing for millions of patients nationally. To learn more about hc1's proven approach to personalizing care while eliminating waste for thousands of health systems, diagnostic laboratories, and health plans, visit http://www.hc1.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sonora Quest Laboratories, a joint venture between Banner Health and Quest Diagnostics, is part of the nation’s largest integrated laboratory system with approximately 3,500 employees serving more than 26,000 patients every day throughout Arizona. Sonora Quest Laboratories is the market share leader in clinical laboratory testing in Arizona, performing nearly 90 million diagnostic tests per year.

Sonora Quest Laboratories offers a local comprehensive test menu which encompasses routine, molecular, prescription drug monitoring, genetic/genomic, women’s health and pathology testing services. My Lab ReQuest™ provides consumers direct access to a diverse range of affordable screening tests that can be ordered online at SonoraQuest.com or in any of Sonora Quest’s 75+ patient service centers across Arizona. Ninety-eight percent of all testing is performed at our primary testing facilities located in Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Yuma. Sonora Quest Laboratories is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) which is the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, helping laboratories to maintain accuracy of test results and ensure accurate patient diagnosis. This accreditation ensures the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients as CAP inspectors examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and records, and overall management.